The Finneco II was launched at the Nanjing Jinling Shipyard at the end of August

(Source: Finnlines)

Finnlines’ fleet upgrade on schedule

North European ferry operator and Grimaldi Group subsidiary, Finnlines, has revealed that its EUR 500 million newbuilding programme in China is proceeding on schedule.

The first of three hybrid 5,800 lane-metre RoRo vessels, Finneco I, will embark on sea trials later this month. A second vessel, Finneco II, has just been launched. And the keel for a third, Finneco III, has now been laid.

The three ships are being built at China’s Jinling Shipyard, a subsidiary of state-owned China Merchants Industry. The 238m-long freight vessels, with 1A Super ice class, have 12 passenger cabins for drivers and are due for delivery later this year and next. Their capacity is almost 40% greater than the largest RoRo ships in Finnlines’ existing fleet.   

The three vessels are part of a five-ship newbuilding programme which also includes two RoPax vessels, due for delivery in 2023.

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore